David Sloman, chief executive of the Royal Free London (RFL), has been ranked third in the Health Service Journal’s (HSJ) 2016 list of top NHS chief executives.

David, who was ranked seventh in the same list last year, was in charge of the trust during the acquisition of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust in July 2014, which paved the way for the planned redevelopment of Chase Farm Hospital.

In 2015 he oversaw the creation of Health Services Laboratories, a public/private partnership which provides pathology services to the NHS, and launched the £25 million redevelopment of the Royal Free Hospital’s A&E. 

In September 2015 the RFL was named among NHS England’s ‘acute care vanguards’ which have been tasked with spreading excellence in hospital services and management across the NHS.

The HSJ said: “The merger of the Royal Free with Barnet and Chase Farm has created an organisation with a £1bn turnover and all the challenges of working across multiple sites.

“Mr Sloman has been in post since 2009 and has to deal with the complicated central and north London health landscape, involving multiple CCGs and partner organisations. He is also working closely with other neighbours through UCL Partners Academic Health Science Centre. He is well respected and has been praised for having a vision for the trust."

Dominic Dodd, chairman of the trust, said: “We are all delighted that David's outstanding contribution to the NHS has been recognised in this way and are proud to have him leading the team here at the Royal Free London.”


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About the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Free began as a pioneering organisation and continues to play a leading role in the care of patients. Our mission is to provide world class expertise and local care. In the 21st century, the Royal Free London continues to lead improvements in healthcare.

The Royal Free London attracts patients from across the country and beyond to its specialist services in liver and kidney transplantation, haemophilia, renal care, HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, Parkinson's disease, vascular surgery, cardiology, amyloidosis and scleroderma and we are a member of the academic health science partnership UCLPartners.

In July 2014 Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital became part of the Royal Free London. Read 'A bigger trust, a better future'.